The San Juan Islands feel like a world away from the mainland. Located just off the west coast of Washington State, they’re easily accessible by a scenic ferry ride or seaplane. San Juan Island, the most populous island in the archipelago, offers lots of exciting things to do, particularly in its charming seaport town of Friday Harbor, where you’ll find unique shops, art galleries and outstanding restaurants, often boasting world-class chefs serving items made with locally-grown ingredients. Enjoy activities like whale watching, touring museums, kayaking, hiking, biking and even visiting a lavender farm or an alpaca farm.
Orcas Island, a green paradise referred to by locals as the “gem of the San Juans,” is home to the highest mountain in the islands. Head to Moran State Park where you’ll find 38 miles of hiking trails, including a trek to Mount Constitution, the island’s highest point, where you can take in a stunning view of the island-dotted waters and snow-capped Mount Baker.